Let’s talk about… Reading with kids Reading with kids What does it look like? Children learn to read most easily when they… receive support and feedback are taught reading strategies are encouraged to figure out unfamiliar words have an opportunity to practise reading every day have an opportunity to talk about reading every day http://www.ednet.ns.ca/pdfdocs/lets_talk_about/Lit2_help_web.pdf Reading with kids What does it look like at school? 1. 2. 3. 4. Reading assessments Accuracy Fluency Comprehension What does it look like at home? 1. 2. “You read” “I read” Part 1 At School Tonight’s focus: Assessment, accuracy, fluency & comprehension Please note that reading is in no way limited to assessments. Reading in school includes partner reading, read alouds by the teacher, author study, quiet reading, reading by genre, reading other students writing etc. A RUNNING RECORD FLUENCY Fluency Fluency is the ability to read a text accurately, quickly, and with expression. Fluency is important because it provides a bridge between word recognition and comprehension. http://www.readingrockets.org/teaching/reading101/fluency/ Fluency The fluent reader sounds good, is easy to listen to, and reads with enough expression to help the listener understand and enjoy the material. Charles Clark, "Building Fluency: Do It Right and Do It Well!" (1999) COMPREHENSION Comprehension "Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body." — Richard Steele Basic questions to ask after reading 1. Did you like the story? Why? 2. What connection can you make? (text-to-text, text-to-self, text-to-world) 3. What question do you have about the book? (I wonder why...Why did…?) Part 2 At home “You read” & “I read” “You read” (the child reads) At home Getting set up for “you read” Set up a homework-friendly area. Make sure kids have a well-lit place to complete homework. Keep supplies — paper, pencils, erasers— within reach. Schedule a regular study time. Some kids work best in the afternoon, following a snack and play period; others may prefer to wait until after dinner. Keep distractions to a minimum. This means no TV, loud music, texting or phone calls. Use reading strategies when kids get stuck Praise their work and efforts. Adapted from https://secure02.kidshealth.org/parent/positive/learning/homework.html “I read” (the adult reads) READING STRATEGIES When kids get stuck What can you do if you get stuck? Let the pictures help you What’s the letter and sound – get your mouth ready to make that sound Look for little words in bigger words (bigger) Re-read the sentence Think about the story What looks right, sounds right and makes sense? Can I skip home reading? Student A 20 minutes every night = 400 minutes a month Student B 5 minutes every night = 80 minutes a month Which student do you expect will have more success in reading? Questions & Answers Common questions Should I hide the picture when my child is reading? If my child is in French Immersion, should I read to them in English? How long should I read? Thank you! We appreciate that you took the time to join us and to learn about home reading!